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McCalman extends Wallabies' contract
15:56 AEST Mon Feb 4 2013

Wallabies and Western Force utility forward Ben McCalman has signed a two-year extension with the Australian Rugby Union (ARU).

The 24-year-old's deal will keep him in the Australian rugby set up until the end of 2015.

McCalman has been based in Western Australia since his debut for the Force in 2010 and was forced to miss last season's entire Test program due to a nerve injury in his shoulder, which was followed by a broken arm during his return to playing duties at club level.

The Sydney University product is determined to add to his 21 Test appearances this season in a massive year for the Wallabies, with a three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions starting in June.

"It wasn't easy missing out (on the Wallabies) last year but the break has given me a decent rest and added to the hunger to get back," McCalman said in a statement.

"I've had a good off-season, have enjoyed getting back into my work with the Force and can't wait to get started again."

The versatile forward, who has featured in four different positions in the Australian forward pack, achieved the rare feat of making a Test debut in the same year, 2010, as he had made his maiden appearance in Super Rugby.


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